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Discover Daylily Days in Amador wine country


Amador Flower Farm features 14 acres of daylilies and centuries-old oaks. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)
Amador Flower Farm event features a million blooms

Where can you see a million flowers in bloom in one weekend? At Daylily Days in Amador County.

On Saturday and Sunday, Amador Flower Farm hosts its annual salute to its top crop -- daylilies.

Located in the heart of Shenandoah Valley wine country, the 14-acre farm and nursery grows these easy-care perennials in thousands of varieties and just about every color and combination. June is the farm's height of bloom.
Sargeant Major is one of more than 1,200 varieties available.

Take a free tram tour to enjoy the long rows of lilies in full flower. Surrounded by vineyards, the farm also features huge centuries-old oaks, a full-service nursery and unique demonstration gardens.

During Daylily Days, master gardeners will lead demonstrations each hour. Learn about bonsai, air plants and other specialties. Vendors will offer garden art and more gift ideas.

Members of the Amador County 4-H Club will offer a barbecue lunch for $6 with your choice of hamburger or hot dog. Lunch includes chips and bottled water. Or bring your own picnic to enjoy under the big trees.

Shop for daylilies, too. The farm offers about 1,200 varieties in containers, ready to take home.

Daylily Days will be held from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9. Admission and parking are free.




Yuma daylily is one of many eye-catching varieties.

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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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